Walnut Grove Elementary School

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Makerspace

All students have the opportunity to create in the Makerspace during Friday extra library time.  
 
This schedule supports weekly, in-depth projects following the design thinking process for all students.  Makerspace projects follow a workshop format in the fall with students exploring the variety of tools we have in challenge-based design projects.  In the spring, 3rd-6th grade students are encouraged to design their own projects.   
 
For more information about tools students use in our Makerspace, see Technology in the Library Page.
 
Students have access to the following Maker tools and resources:
  • LEGO kits and robotics
  • 3D Printer - Makerbot and 3Doodler
  • Video Game Creation Software - Clickteam Fusion and Scratch
  • Electronics Kits - Makey Makey, littleBits, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi
  • Coding Tutorials - code.org, Scratch, Tynker
  • Robotics - Sphero and Beebots
  • Video Production Tools - iPads, computers, tripods, and green screen
  • Traditional Craft Supplies - cardboard, paper, Play-doh, clay, paint, markers
  • Knitting Supplies - yarn, needles, looms
Requirements
  • Pick a project that you care about and are motivated to direct your own learning
  • Work with at least one partner
  • Include research to enhance your project or learn about the tools you use - take notes and cite sources!
  • Set goals and track progress each week using project planning document and portfolio
  • Present your process and final project (even if it didn't work)
Some of our best Makers showcased their projects at Athens State University in April 2016. Their work was so well received that we've been asked to expand our showcase next year, present at the Athens State WeTEACH Conference, and collaborate on other PD opportunities for teachers interested in learning about Makerspaces. That is making with a purpose and an impact!